Author Archives Jarrell Brandon

  • Recently there’s been a war of words, between CNN’s Don Lemon and Global Grind’s Russell Simmons; over follow-up comments Don Lemon made from a statement by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Bill O’Reilly’s original statement touched on increasing violence within Black communities and his stated reason was the disintegration  of a family structure. Don Lemon added to […]

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  • This is a Public Service Announcement for all the Youth and Adults in the Community. Come January 1st 2014, New York State will begin using a different High School Equivalency exam, this does not change the degree or certification that you would have received on December 31st 2013. What is does do though, is for […]

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  • Ever wonder how you could help make a difference in your community? In communities across this nation, weekend after weekend young and old alike are being cut down by senseless gun violence. The cities are becoming all to familiar; Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, Miami, just to name a few. Well brought to you by […]

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  • It truly does give me hope and makes me smile, when I see the glimmers of hope for the future generations. We all should rejoice in these glimmers of hope, because they truly are the next us. And without the support of those that have made it and are striving to reach those plateaus they […]

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  • Y.U.N.G. Harlem has grown so much in the last few years; I remember when Tiffany asked me to join the team while we were both sitting on the floor of her bedroom while on Spring Break from college. Back then I definitely didn’t know that Y.H. could turned from just a thought into the actual movement it is today – it’s amazing and gratifying! We have gone through several changes and setbacks but we still succeeded. It’s great to work with a wonderful team who you can also call your closest friends. We are making strides in the community and it makes me feel good, when people come up to me in the street or email me asking to be apart of the movement it gives me a wonderful feeling. Growing up I knew what I wanted and I knew how to obtain it. My mother put me in the best schools and programs and that’s where I learned that I was able to obtain anything that I wanted. I knew being in the streets wouldn’t get me to my goals. It’s wonderful to see the teens we mentor grow up and become college students and graduates. We are listening to the voices of teens who are crying out for support. We all work so hard in making this organization majestic while also working our 9 to 5’s. I’m so estatic to see what the next 10 years will look like for our organization and community. We are growing from just a “Anti-Violence campaign” to a permanent staple in the Harlem community.

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  • On Tuesday April 23rd, I had the opportunity to attend the “Urgency of Now” Fundraiser, for the Latiq Agard Foundation in New York City at XVI Lounge. The mission of the Agard is to provide mentors to adolescent males who need caring adult role models who can help expand their horizon, realize their potential and […]

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  • I was born and raised in Harlem, right around the corner from Marcus Garvey Park. I remember beautiful summer nights in front of my stoop that occasionally included gunshots from fights near by. For all too long, I took this type of violence as a simple part of my reality—a part of HARLEM. It wasn’t […]

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  • It was first revealed several weeks ago that, Hip-Hop mogul and manager of the highly popular group Outkast, Michael “Blue” Williams was attempting to launch a gun buyback program in collaboration with the City, NYPD, other hip-hop entertainers and celebs. Well it’s finally good to see, hear, and know that he is successfully moving forward […]

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  • I Came, I Saw, and I am Conquering I believe I have a personal responsibility to make a positive impact on society. From a young age I have always had the desire to help others in any capacity I was granted the opportunity. My belief that “service is the rent we pay for living” has […]

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  •                           YH Inspiration  Being a President is tough, but it’s even tougher to build and maintain the respect of those you lead. And once you got it, you don’t give up on those kind of people. The kind who trust you to rebuild, […]

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